Quintiq shatters four world records for logistics optimization

May 28, 2013 | 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands

Quintiq , a global leader in supply chain planning and optimization (SCP&O), has set four vehicle routing world records in independent benchmarks. Quintiq's achievements have been verified and recorded by SINTEF, the largest independent research center in Scandinavia, on its Transportation Optimization Portal.

Using the company's SCP&O platform, Quintiq created optimization solutions for Vehicle Routing Problem with Time Windows (VRPTW) benchmarks, which are among the most studied combinatorial optimization problems in the world. The benchmarks Quintiq targeted are the largest VRPTW instances and have the most practical relevance for business with large-scale logistics operations.

The four logistics benchmarks involve 1,000 customer delivery locations with varying delivery time windows, 100 available vehicles to make deliveries, all departing from a central depot. The four benchmarks are differentiated by decreasing the customer time windows available. For each of the benchmarks Quintiq devised routes to make all deliveries within the parameters of the benchmark. The goal of each benchmark is to generate a route plan that requires the least number of miles travelled. The routes Quintiq devised generated the least miles required for each of the four benchmarks this surpassing every prior optimization attempt.

"Finding good solutions to Gehring & Homberger's benchmarks is a notable achievement, but to break four world records in the process is a remarkable testament to the capability and expertise we can offer clients," commented Wim Nuijten, Quintiq's VP of Optimization Technology. "The first world record we set was the result of a friendly internal competition between Quintiq's experts. Following that, we wanted to continue with even greater challenges to see what else could be accomplished. The result is clear. We have yet to encounter an optimization challenge that is too large or too complex for Quintiq. Applying world-record optimization technology to a business facing a like challenge would save millions of dollars per year"

Quintiq broke the first world record, C1_10_4, in October 2012 and then improved the results in April 2013. Quintiq went on to break three subsequent world records, C1_10_3, C1_10_9 and C1_10_10, all of which are verified by SINTEF in April 2013.

About Quintiq

Every business has its supply chain planning challenges. Some of those challenges are large. Some are complex. Some seem impossible to solve. Since 1997, Quintiq has been solving each of those challenges with a supply chain planning & optimization software system. Today, approximately 12,000 users in over 80 countries rely on Quintiq software to plan and optimize workforces, logistics and production. Part of Dassault Systèmes (Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), Quintiq has offices in the Netherlands, the USA and around the world.

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